Today’s message is brought to you by the letters C and S and A.
See, every summer I join a CSA.
What is a CSA you ask? Good question!
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it’s one of the best ways to get the most out of local produce.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my farmer’s market (and still visit it every week) but a CSA is a great way to support farmers and expand your knowledge of produce. For a CSA you buy a share in a farm and in return for that share, you get a box of produce usually once a week.
No grocery store, no stupid plastic bags, no “buy it and turns bad the next day.”
Instead you get produce picked fresh and at it’s peak ripeness. It doesn’t get any better than this!
Furthermore, you get to experiment with things you might not have tried otherwise. For example, here’s the crop list from the CSA I belong to:
Obviously the produce differs from regions and depending on the farmer (and it’s grown according to the season it would be best in-you don’t get this all at once!)
While CSA’s are great, I do have to stress: do your homework! If you have the option of more than one CSA- go visit, meet with the farmer, and decide if it’s the best fit!
My check-list (and why I love my CSA):
1. Pick-my own produce (most deliver you a box instead.)
2. No use of commercial pesticides
3. Great community environment (plus he doesn’t mine me trotting around taking photos!)
I know some people worry about the amount of produce one might receive (as in-too much!) This is a great time to get friends and family involved. Split a share or offer to have dinner at your place more often- it’s a great way to bring people together!
I also know another worry is not knowing what to do with the produce you might get. This is where the power of the internet comes in! There are so many blogs like mine that showcase seasonal produce- the possibilites are endless!
If you want to do a little more research check out localharvest.org. It’s a great place to scout out local resources, CSA’s, and much more! Once you find a couple, call/email and meet your farmer! There’s hardly a better feeling than knowing exactly where your produce is coming from (and a little dirt never hurt anyone!)
Just incase you still aren’t convinced, here’s a few photos from the past two years: